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  1. de·vour
  2. verb

    • 1. eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly:

      he devoured half of his burger in one bite more and more green space has been devoured by new sprawling estates
      Synonym : eat hungrily, eat quickly, eat greedily, eat heartily, eat up, swallow, gobble (up/down), guzzle (down), gulp (down), bolt (down), cram down, gorge oneself on, wolf (down), feast on, consume, scoff (down), pack away, demolish, dispose of, make short work of, polish off, shovel down, stuff one's face with, stuff oneself with, stuff (down), pig oneself on, pig out on, sink, put away, tuck away, get outside of, gollop, shift, get one's laughing gear round, gorb, scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up), inhale, ingurgitate
    • 2. (of fire or a similar force) destroy completely:

      the hungry flames devoured the old house
      Synonym : destroy, consume, engulf, envelop, demolish, lay waste, wipe out, annihilate, devastate, raze, gut, ravage, ruin, wreck
    • 3. read quickly and eagerly:

      she spent her evenings devouring the classics
    • 4. be totally absorbed by a powerful feeling:

      she was devoured by envy
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: devour, 3rd person present: devours, gerund or present participle: devouring, past tense: devoured, past participle: devoured

    • verb

      eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly:

      (of fire or a similar force) destroy completely:

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